Dr Parwinder Kaur
Member, Pathway to Diversity in STEM Review | Associate Professor and Director, DNA Zoo Australia at the University of Western Australia

Dr Parwinder Kaur is an award-winning scientist and a passionate leader. She is a positive role model as a mother and professor in science for the next generation of diverse scientists to pursue their passion for science and discovery. 

Dr Kaur leads cross-disciplinary biotechnology research investigating Earth’s biodiversity and natural environments to ensure sustainable futures. She uses her expertise to reach people in new ways, connecting them with their surroundings. Through her diverse research teams, such as DNA Zoo Australia, she harnesses science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to achieve maximised impact. In doing so, she believes this will help us tackle the bigger issues we as society are facing, bringing about solutions through fresh thinking rather than following usual norms. She:

  • has been recognised for her substantial contributions to biotechnology and scientific excellence by the prestigious ‘Science and Innovation Award’ by the Australian Academy of Sciences in 2013
  • won the Microsoft's AI for Earth award for 2019
  • was WA Innovator of the Year (finalist) in 2022. 

Dr Kaur is a passionate science communicator, an entrepreneur in the biotechnology sector, an active mentor for gender equity, a Superstar of STEM, a Women in Technology WA Role Model and GirlsXTech international ambassador working to close the gender gap in technology.